For the best part of the last decade, two names have dominated world football (soccer) more than any other; Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. These great rivals have broken countless football records, scored an insane number of goals and pushed themselves to greatness despite being two very different football players, playing two very different styles in two very different roles. different for two different clubs. The only thing that really connects the two is the ocean of abilities that separates them from the rest of the players in the world. It can no longer be a question of whether the duo no longer belong to the pantheon of the greatest footballers of all time. While any effort to determine the greatest footballer of all time is subject to a generational bias, it should be noted that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not individually or collectively the greatest football player.[s] of all time for the following reasons;

Cristiano is not the best ‘Ronaldo’ to play the game: Despite his unprecedented feat on and off the playing field, Cristiano Ronaldo is still not considered the best Ronaldo to have played the game. Ronaldo de Assisi (also known as Ronaldinho) and Ronaldo de Lima (the phenomenon) are the other “Ronaldos” whose legendary offensive prowess is often compared to that of Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo de Lima was a more explosive and complete striker who would probably have been the ‘best striker in the world of all time’ had he remained injury-free in his football career, while Ronaldinho was the artist who at its heyday, constantly impressed the football world. . Cristiano Ronaldo is better than other ‘Ronaldos’ in terms of riding over the years, phenomenal goal rates, overall form, and extended career (due to low injury rate), but for sheer skill, explosiveness, superior technical ability and the ‘wow factor, the two “Ronaldos” are better than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi is not the best Argentinian player of all time: it is a well known fact that for a footballer to be the best in the world, he has to be the best footballer in his country and unfortunately, Lionel Messi does is not both. . Lionel Messi is not the best football player Argentina has produced. This honor goes to Diego Armando Maradona. Maradona (widely regarded as one of the best soccer players of all time) is a soccer legend who inspired Argentina to a World Cup and S.S.C. Napoli (in the Italian Football League) to their first and second League titles [Scudetti] in its history. He is the scorer of the world’s most dubious goal (the “Hand of God” goal) and FIFA’s goal of the century. There is practically a cult around the player in Argentina. Diego Maradona (and Pelé) is the benchmark of the illustrious South American nation when a new star enters the neighborhood. So, while Messi has dazzled on the European scene, going step by step and winning many awards, his compatriots consider him the second best football player in the country.

The two players have never won the World Cup: although the last rounds of the modern Champions League rival the FIFA World Cup in terms of quality, with talent from around the world increasingly concentrated between In the hands of a select elite, the World Cup still retains substantial symbolic value as a quadrennial competition that will pit the best of one nation against the best of another. It’s no secret that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have never won (or inspired their respective countries to win) the FIFA World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo won a European Cup (The Euros) with his home country, Portugal, but never made it to the semi-finals or the World Cup finals while Lionel Messi was disappointing in the semi final and final of the 2014 World Cup with its country of origin, Argentina finally loses against Germany. Le Monde (and Messi) were shocked when he was named best player and received the tournament’s Ballon d’Or. Lionel Messi is also a three-time finalist in the Copa America competition with Argentina. Most of the soccer players like Zinedine Zidane, Pelé, Diego Maradonna, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo de Lima, etc. who are often touted as the best soccer player in the world, all played a dominant role in the World Cup tournament. that they ultimately won. The same cannot be said of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

They are not the best goalscorers in football of all time: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are effective, efficient and phenomenal goal scorers with an incredible goals-per-game ratio, but they are not among the top five goalscorers in history soccer. None of them have scored more than 700 goals in their respective careers, so they cannot be in the company of great players such as Pelé, Romario, Josef Bican, Ferenc Puskas (he has a FIFA goal award named according to him), Gerd Muller. The scoring rate of these legendary players is more impressive than that of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo given that they ended their footballing careers with goals well in the 800s. So if scoring is what makes them Great footballers, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, having better players with better goals in front of them, cannot be the greatest footballers of all time.

Both players have been accused of being criminals: they both have problems paying taxes with the Spanish authorities (the country in which they reside and play) and have therefore been accused of being criminals. After a long trial that attracted so much publicity due to his status as an extremely gifted sportsman, Lionel Messi (and his father) was found guilty of failing to pay his taxes to the Spanish government, sentenced to heavy fines and sentenced to two years in prison (he has since agreed to pay an increased fine rather than a 21-month suspended prison sentence). His trial, guilty verdict, fine and sentence (suspended) damaged his credibility as a morally upright athlete who could do nothing wrong and that of his football club (FC Barcelona). Cristiano Ronaldo is also under investigation for tax evasion by the Spanish authorities, could be tried (or not), sentenced to heavy fines and be given a suspended prison sentence.

Their total of goals is supplemented by too many penalties: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the greatest scorers of their generation. They score an obscene number of goals in a football season, but almost half of the total goals scored by both players come from the penalty spot. In football, penalties are the easiest way to score as they only involve the designated penalty taker and a goalkeeper to beat. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, being the designated penalty shooters of their respective clubs, always take every penalty kick awarded to them or their teammates, thus increasing their number of goals. In the 2013/2014 football season in England, Luis Suarez of Liverpool FC (before joining FC Barcelona to become team-mate of Lionel Messi) won the English Premier League top scorer award and shared the shoe award. European Gold with Cristiano Ronaldo. by scoring 32 goals in 33 open play games without taking a single penalty. It is a record that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo do not yet hold.

They play for the most valuable clubs in football: Messi and Ronaldo play for super clubs in Spain where the best teams score goals through the hate. The new financial order of the second millennium has unfortunately given birth to the modern super team essentially creating some form of predictability in the national and continental leagues. Lionel Messi plays for FC Barcelona in Spain while Ronaldo plays for Real Madrid CF also in Spain. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF are extremely wealthy and dominant football clubs who can afford to buy and store the best and dearest football talent in the world, and therefore Messi and Ronaldo are always surrounded and assisted by world class players to help dominate. continental club football thus enhances their international profile. Both clubs still have a host of world-class players at their disposal, leading to total domination in national (Spanish La Liga) and continental (UEFA Champions League) football competitions.

The advantage of playing in the modern era: It’s almost impossible to compare players from different eras in a game that has changed so much over the years. Great footballers like Ferenc Puskas, Alfredo di Stefano played at a time when the game was played at an unrecognizable pace slower than in the modern era. That doesn’t make them any less tall than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The game currently played has changed due to changes in the rules governing the game and the quality of the balls produced and used. Modern-age players are also fitter, faster, and stronger than they’ve ever been, but players (especially defenders) are technically weaker than they’ve ever been. . The Champions League extensions of the 90s are also an advantage for the modern player: having a group stage allows for a margin of error that simply did not exist in the pre-1995 knockout tournament. ‘has never been easier for forwards – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would probably never score 40-60 goals per season in the 1980s when the rules governing the game and the balls used did not benefit the forwards (forwards), and defenders / defenses were littered. with world-class talent.

They are part of the rich history of football: we see the history of football through our own national experiences, or at least we have done so until the modern era, where we can watch the Spanish league, Messi and Ronaldo every weekend. It should be remembered that in the 1970s and even the 1980s, most Europeans were content to watch the European Cup and UEFA Cup matches of their own national teams. So here’s a little suggestion; next time Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo scores a breathtaking goal and someone on Twitter suggests that the debate (on the greatest footballer) is over, go to YouTube and spend ten minutes watching goals from Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Pele, Ferenc Puskas, Roberto Baggio, Eusebio, Alfredo di Stefano and so on. There have been a lot of geniuses in the game, and Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are part of this rich football history.

Generational and positional bias in football: the hunt for the greatest football player in history is like that of the holy grail. All (sports) footballers are products of their time. Due to the stagnation of football development compared to other sports and the fact that there are so many different positions and so many roles within these positions, it is difficult to have a meaningful conversation about who is the best football player of all time. Since the primary objective of the game is to score a goal, top scorers like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will always top any list of the best players in the game.

Conclusion; Make no mistake that there won’t be another player like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, no one thought they would see another player like Diego Maradona.

Source by Uche Kalu

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